Fighting Back Against Spring Allergies

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Fighting Back Against Spring Allergies

Yay, spring has officially arrived. Hopefully, all the snow from last month’s big storm has melted. Even if there are still a few piles of the dirty white stuff around, it is time to focus on getting ready for spring. For many people, this is their favorite time of year, especially after going through a long Chicagoland winter. But the change in seasons can bring some new challenges.

There are spring allergies and the whole issue of indoor air quality (IAQ). Even the experts disagree about the reasons, but the number of people who suffer from asthma and allergies is increasing sharply. For them, the air they breathe is as important to their quality of life as the food they eat and the water they drink. Depend on Merts Heating & Air Conditioning technicians who can test the IAQ in your home. If they find a problem, we will put together a plan to improve air quality inside your house.

A good first step is to change your HVAC filter(s). If you’re still using run-of-the-mill furnace filters (fiberglass mesh), now is the time to talk with Merts about upgrading. Those type of filters only remove the large particulates. Call us to find out which filter is recommended for your system.  The Bryant Preferred™ Series EZ Flex Cabinet model is one Merts likes for many residential applications. It has a MERV rating of 10 and maintenance is a breeze as the filter is very easy to replace. The higher the MERV number, the smaller particles it will trap. The scale goes from 1 to 20, but anything much above a 10 is meant for commercial/medical applications and restricts airflow too much to use in residential systems.

About 20% of people deal with allergies, making it the 5th most common chronic disease in the nation. The experts agree that indoor air quality plays a key role. Between work and home, many of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Merts can’t say improved filters or a home air purifier will cure your allergies, but they will improve your IAQ which certainly can’t hurt.

Call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning now to schedule your air quality test and let us put together a plan to fight back against seasonal allergies.

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